CPS School Closings: A Discussion on In the Loop
How will school closings in Chicago affect the children? If the city needs to save money, will closing schools do this? These are the questions on the minds of many since the first round of public education centers shut down beginning in 2011.
In the Loop hosts Chris Bury, Barbara Pinto and guests answered these important questions on Episode 107. If you missed last night’s broadcast, you can catch an encore presentation of In the Loop this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. CT. For a complete list of guests and panelists from Episode 107, please visit the WYCC PBS blog here.
Many upset parents, teachers, students, and allies took to the streets this week to protest. Both DNAinfo.com and NPR’s “This American Life" reveal that children from these closing schools do not join gangs, but based upon where they are born and raised, are automatically affiliated with them. But there are concerns other than gang violence looming for parents.
Jeanette Taylor, one parent interviewed for In the Loop, does not believe consolidating schools will improve education for children and fears her child’s school will face overcrowding. Mollison Elementary already has 36 students per classroom and the nearby closing will bring another 400 more school-wide. “You’re talking about building for money, not education for the kids,” Taylor said.
Community organizer Jitu Brown from Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, also interviewed for ITL, noted that more schools are in need of more arts programs, not closures.
To hear what CPS Chief Safety and Security Officer Jadine Chou had to say about what must be done to aid this difficult situation, and what might happen to closed school properties, please watch In the Loop this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. #wyccintheloop